Foley video with Briton was staged, experts say

Foley video with Briton was staged, experts say
The video of a British jihadist beheading an American hostage was probably staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera, according to forensic analysis.

Nigerian police missing after Boko Haram raid
At least 35 officers training in Borno state – a rebel bastion – went missing after armed group attacked town of Gwoza.

Bombings Hit Iraq’s Kirkuk, Baghdad, Dozens Dead

Israeli Bombing Intensifies in Gaza as Does Push for ICC ‘War Crimes’ Inquiry
Hamas signs off on Palestinian efforts to join International Criminal Court as international legal experts demand accountability

Israel levels high-rise buildings in Gaza: ‘They housed Hamas op centers’
IDF air strikes have leveled two multi-story buildings in Gaza; both are said to have housed Hamas facilities. The new tactic of bringing down entire buildings has been tested amid a new escalation of tensions in the Israeli-Gaza conflict.

Hamas signs Palestinian application for ICC membership

NLG and Other Legal Groups Send Letter to ICC Urging an Investigation into Potential War Crimes Committed by Israel and US in Gaza under “Operation Protective Edge”

Russia Reminds UN That Ukraine Agreed to Let Russia Deliver Aid on August 12

Delivery of Humanitarian Aid Sparks Fears of Escalation in Ukraine
Trucks that delivered ‘food, water, and medicine’ return to Russia, but declarations that convoy was “direct invasion” generates concerns of further escalation

Russia’s Humanitarian ‘Invasion’
Official Washington’s war-hysteria machine is running at full speed again after Russia unilaterally dispatched a convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian supplies to the blockaded Ukrainian city of Luhansk, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

Obama Destabilizes Europe’s Economy: Sanctions Deepen the Recession

US Gives Intelligence To Assad For Targetting Isis Commanders
Reports claim the US has been secretly passing on locations of Isis forces to Assad’s regime

Iran says it downed Israeli drone over nuclear site

Iran ‘sent soldiers to fight in Iraq’
Hundreds of Iranian troops crossed border to join battle against Islamic State group, sources tell Al Jazeera.

Racist Societies: Israel and the U.S.
One wonders how the racism that is so much a part of U.S. and Israeli society towards the Palestinians can have such strength. Racism against African-Americans in both countries is strong (witness the frequent shootings of black youths by whites in the United States, and the very high acquittal rates of those perpetrators, if they are even charged with a crime, and Israel’s rampant violence again people of African descent), and now racism is financing genocide. A look at some of the possible factors is interesting, frightening and disheartening.

Thousands protest police violence in New York, call for justice in chokehold death

Michael Brown’s father appeals for calm as Ferguson prepares for funeral
Brown’s family urges protesters to keep a ‘day of silence’ out of respect for the teenager killed by police

St Louis Officer Dan Page Suspended over Video Calling Black People ‘Little Perverts’
An officer involved in policing Ferguson protests has been relieved from his patrol duties after video footage emerged of him describing black people as “little perverts” and Barack Obama as “that illegal alien claiming to be president”.

Darren Wilson’s first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities
The small city of Jennings, Mo., had a police department so troubled, and with so much tension between white officers and black residents, that the city council finally decided to disband it. Everyone in the Jennings police department was fired. New officers were brought in to create a credible department from scratch.

Cop suspended over Facebook post branding Ferguson protesters ‘rabid dogs’
A police officer in a St. Louis suburb has been suspended over a series of Facebook posts, insulting Ferguson protesters, who have been rallying in condemnation of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

Injuries, Fires After 6.0 Earthquake Southwest of Napa
The quake struck near southwest of Napa at 3:20 a.m. causing houses to shake in the center of San Francisco and knocking out power to more than 50,000 houses, according to the U.S. Geological Services.

Earthquake Rocks Northern California
Magnitude 6.0 quake rattles residents of Bay Area with largest tremor in more than twenty-five years

Strong Magnitude 6 Earthquake Rocks San Francisco Bay Area, Dozens Hurt, Significant Damage In Napa

State of Emergency Declared After California Earthquake

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